The Best Vinyl Record Stores in Toronto
The best vinyl record stores in Toronto are where audiophiles go to get their fix. Some consider vinyl the ultimate recording material, but many of these stores have music in other formats and lots of great music merch to geek out on too.
Here are the best vinyl record stores in Toronto.
This multi-level store in Chinatown is Canada’s largest independent record shop and sells more than just records. It stocks the newest and best in music, films, and used titles and is a popular destination for turntables, speakers, band t-shirts, knickknacks, and home goods. To top it all off, Sonic Boom regularly hosts in-store performances and record signings with artists like Mac Demarco, Broken Social Scene, and Sloan.
The independent Ossington store is one of Toronto’s most revered record shops. Their mission is to sell as many new vinyl releases from independent bands and artists around the world as possible. Rotate This stocks a highly-coveted collection of used vinyl as well, but the turnover is fast, so you’ll never see too many in-store at a time.
Toronto DJs will find everything they need at this Chinatown record store. In fact, in the 90s it was known to supply records to the city's radio DJs. After thirty years of business, the shop continues to offer an impressive range of rare discographies, new arrivals, and international records. Play De Record also sells DJ equipment for all skill levels and staff can help guide your purchases if you’re just getting started.
Now with locations in Bloordale, Queen West, and the Village, this well-known record shop is a newer installment in the city.Founded in 2015 by ex-employees of the formerly-defunct Sunrise Records, the well-organized inventory here features a mix of current and old vinyl, CDs, and DVDs (new and used), along with fun merchandise like t-shirts, toys, and turntables.
There are two locations of this warehouse-esque record store, on Queen West, and the Danforth. The store, opened in the 70s, is named after owner Martin Koppel, who had a personal record collection that grew so big, he had no choice but to open a shop. At Kops, you’ll find a wide variety of old and new vinyl with lots of rarities like first pressings and recordings of iconic speeches.
This East Chinatown vinyl shop doesn’t sell used records. Instead, Pop Music prides itself on its massive collection of mainstream commercial albums, making it easy for fans to find the music they’re looking for. Sift through the biggest hits of all time, and don’t forget to browse the merch section for band tees and accessories, like hats and keychains.
A relic from the late 90s, Cosmos is known for its collection of rare and collectible vinyl, particularly in the genres of soul, vintage rock, hip hop, funk and disco. The curatorial vision of the flagship (located on Queen West) is to resurface relevant music that has fallen through the cracks.
The notorious Dundas West spot is the only record shop in Toronto open late (until nearly 1 a.m. every night). It’s named for the band/alias of the shop’s eccentric owner, a local legend in Toronto’s music scene. He exclusively stocks used vinyl records and generously shares his personal taste, so you can trust you’re getting the best referrals.
This specialty vinyl shop on Dundas West near Roncesvalles is a haven for music geeks. The shop curates records by indie label rather than by artist or genre, allowing customers to find bands by association — a great way to discover music they wouldn’t otherwise be exposed to. As if that weren’t exciting enough, the shop also sells a range of vintage radios, turntables, receivers, amplifiers, and tuners.
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